August 22, 2019  |  News, Stories


Thorntown Walking Man

The Community Foundation of Boone County (CFBC) unites people, organizations, and philanthropy to create a thriving community for all. In working towards this mission, we are always looking for ways to engage, invest, and lead in our community. Back in 2015, long-term CFBC benefactor David Cook donated a Walking Man sculpture to Thorntown’s Lions Park, designed by Anderson-based artist Levi Rinker. He connected with the foundation on the idea of purchasing the remaining five sculptures as part of the CFBC’s 25th anniversary celebration. We viewed this as an opportunity to tie all of the Boone County communities together through art, while continuing to focus on forward progress for Boone County. The purchase of the sculptures was made possible in part by the Community Arts Endowment, a component fund of CFBC, with the intent to connect all Boone County communities together through adding the vibrant visual art pieces on and in our local trails and parks. 



Locations of Walking Man Sculptures in Boone County


The sculptures can be found throughout the county: Jamestown (Pleasant Acres Nature Park), Lebanon (Central Christian Church Youth Learning Gardens and Sam Ralston Road Trailhead), Whitestown (heart of old Whitestown), and Zionsville (Zionsville Town Hall). Each of the sculptures were designed by the local communities. Residents are encouraged to interact with the sculptures, take a Boone County road trip to see all of the sculptures, even take and share pictures with the sculptures!



The Walking Man was chosen as a symbol of unity based on the description found on the designer’s website: “Walking Man is a 10′ tall steel sculpture symbolizing mankind’s progressive ideal. He/she is a strong and massive momentum set on moving forward. Walking Man has a goal and is determined with his/her objective. We see Walking Man as the visual embodiment of forward thinking. He/She is an icon of a hopeful future stepping out and leading the change forward!” Here at CFBC, we truly hope the sculptures will encourage unity through art and culture, while continuing to make an impact in Boone County.


For more details on the Walking Man sculptures, read our original post from when the sculptures were purchased: